Rajasthan Royals (RR) have had a poor last two seasons in the Indian Premier League (IPL). While they finished seventh in 2019, they ended eighth in the 2020 season. This time though they have tried to fill the gaps in their fast bowling and hard-hitting batsmen.
Steve Smith, the Australian batting mainstay, who led the team in the last season, was released after failing to inspire a team that was studded with star players Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, and Jofra Archer. Smith couldn’t do much with the bat too.
The Royals spent a fortune in buying Chris Morris. The South African, who had been released by Royal Challengers Bangalore, was picked for Rs 16.25 crore at this year’s auction.
Morris isn’t just a good option with the ball but is also a good hitter towards the end of the innings. With Stokes and Buttler already there, Morris’s hard-hitting will also benefit Rajasthan Royals.
RR has also picked England’s Liam Livingstone, who impressed with the bat in the second (27 not out off 21 balls) and third (36 off 31 balls) ODIs against India recently.
The Jaipur franchise has also bought left-arm pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman this year. The Bangladesh bowler is known to deceive the batsmen well with his off-cutters and has had success with them against India batsmen in the past.